- The former British swimmer spoke out again on the controversial topic
- Sharron Davies believes transgender athletes are making swimming “unfair”.
- The 60-year-old retired athlete is a strong advocate for women in sports
Sharron Davies demanded that transgender athletes make swimming “ridiculously and disgustingly unfair” as she continued to speak out against the sport’s controversial issue this week.
The former British swimmer has frequently and publicly expressed her concerns about self-identification in sport, insisting that transgender athletes pose a disadvantage to cisgender women due to their elevated testosterone levels.
Davies revealed that the issues surrounding transgender athletes’ sporting competitions cause her “great frustration” and explained that the effect of testosterone removal does not prevent a “biological advantage”.
The 60-year-old said in August that trans activists had targeted her children’s school after she spoke out about the debate over who should be allowed to compete in women’s sports.
She is an advocate for women in sport and was beaten for an Olympic gold medal in her competitive years by East German swimmer Petra Schneider, who was later revealed to have benefited from doping.
Sharron Davies said transgender athletes were making swimming “ridiculously and disgustingly unfair”.
Davies (pictured) is an advocate for women in sport and has previously taken part in the debate about who should be allowed to compete in women’s sport
Trans athlete Lia Thomas previously defended herself despite criticism after defeating female competitors
Davies explained her stance on transgender athletes competing in swimming in an interview titled “Sharron Davies: Mission Impossible.” muscleandhealth.com.
“The problem was that I wasn’t the best because I competed in the GDR era and lost the gold medals to doped athletes,” said Davies about the injustice she experienced during her career.
“It’s very frustrating to me that nothing was done about it then and nothing has been done since.”
“And what do we do today in light of the push for transgender equality? We are literally asking young girls to start racing at a known disadvantage compared to people who have had testosterone in their system their entire lives.
“Removing testosterone doesn’t eliminate the biological advantage.” It may remove a very small part of it, but it hardly removes anything. And when we win races by tiny margins, it’s just ridiculously unfair. It’s like what happened to me is happening again. And that’s why I’m speaking out.’
Davis went on to explain how “cancel culture” has caused her to lose a lot financially while she continues to speak out against transgender athletes in swimming.
She added: “Making my views public has come at a great personal cost. “It has cost me a lot financially because there is a cancel culture and that is absolutely the case. And it was extremely difficult.
The former British swimmer has frequently and publicly expressed her concerns about self-identification in sport
Davies also explained how “cancel culture” caused her to lose a lot financially
“But I felt like I couldn’t stand by and watch a whole new generation of young girls lose to something that was terribly unfair because it was my first time experiencing the East German era and no one was really standing up for us.
“Not a single peer-reviewed study shows that you can eliminate the male pubertal advantage.”
Swim England announced in April that it had revised its transgender and non-binary competition policies, introducing an “open” category for “athletes with the birth gender of male, trans or non-binary participants.”
Davies wrote recently Unfair game: The Battle for Women’s Sports by Sharron Davies & Craig Lord.